Hi guys! Well I've been lurking in the CBG world for a time. Now I want to build my own cigar box guitar!
I just want to know your advice for a beginner, I have a 19x25cm tin box which I want to use as the body of my first baby. Which tunning should I use for it? Or which scale length would work the best?
Thanks in advance!
Everyone will have an opinion on tuning and scale lengths.
The most common tuning seen on CBGs is DAD and GDG. That being said, any 1-5-1 interval would sound okay.
As for scale lengths, Fender, Gibson, Martin all run in the 24 1/2" to 25 1/2" range. 25" scale is pretty common on a CBG. As with the tuning, you can set the scale length to anything you want, but, remember that you will need different strings if you stray much from the above ranges.
As you will see a lot around here "there are no rules."
welcome. I did a lot of reading from this site before I made my first one and I have learned so much by doing this and that. With each new build you will learn something new and try something different, but I guess my advice is to read a lot for ideas and how things are done (and not to do), secondly, have fun doing it. After a build you can always build another.
You should post a picture of your tin.As far as scale length I agree with Tom T. As far as reinforcing the tin.I don't. Attachment posts where the neck enters and leaves the tin. Small gap between neck and tin lid. Mag pickups installed in the neck. I don't cut holes in the tin lid.Here are a couple of photos. You should check out AGP and Jim Morris pages as well . Hope this helps.
Realize now that this is an addiction. By the time you finish the first one you will be filled with ideas for the "better" next one. Erasmo gives good advice "enjoy the building process" and don't stress too much over getting everything to the optimum. Finish it. Play it for a while and decide what you like and don't like about it before you design your next one (and there will be another).
Almost too busy building the next one (plus CBG amps/ cutting wine bottle necks for slides, etc.) to play the darn things! Just built my 7th, an acoustic 3 string resonator. Donating it for a good cause fund raiser and am not sure I want to do another resonator. The hole for the cone is a pain!
If its your first CBG I'll offer these few suggestions.
24 inch / 61 cm scale, easy to do the lay out for frets/fret-markers, a little less tension on the neck to worry over.
tune Gdg as that matches up with 93% of the tutorials on how to play it once you are done building
save the tin for a later build, do a nice through neck with a box of wood or wood-like-substance, tins have some special considerations/handeling/techniques that you will discover after building a few with wood boxes and start contemplating the tin...
Update! Guys I'm sorry I haven't posted the picture of the tin box, I've been reading your replies and I'm thinking my strategy, since I don't want it to bend or something so i've been searching for a wood alternative, or a cigar box.